Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm the Wolf College located at 1026 14th St. SW Puyallup, WA 98371 will have their Wilderness Survival Class. The class will educate attendees on how to live through an unexpected survival situation. They will learn the critical order of survival, including what to do if you become lost, when and how to build a natural shelter, how to purify water and find wild edibles, and how to spin plant material into rope. Chris Chisholm, wolf college director and class instructor, will demonstrate how to make a fire with natural materials and light it using a bow drill, fire-by-friction method.
The class is designed for adults, but youth may attend with parents. The class is $15 for the first person and $10 for each additional friend or family member. Those that are interested in attending can pre-register until the class time, if there is still class space available. You can register online at wolfcollege.com, by calling: 253 604-4681, or mailing a check to the “Wolf College 1026 14th St. SW Puyallup, WA 98371.”
Chris explained that the Wolf College is an outdoor school that offers classes, workshops, and summer camps on survival, wildlife tracking, herbalism, and traditional crafts. Chris commented: “I started [this business] in 1996 in Bellingham and recently moved to Puyallup and bought my wife’s grandparent’s old home [to use as the Wolf College].” According to Chris, the purpose of the Wolf College is to help people prevent injuries and problems in the wilderness and also help people learn a deeper knowledge of the outdoors.
Chris has 20 years of professional wildlife tracking experience. He grew up fishing and hunting in Northern Minnesota. Chris spent his high school and college years backpacking in Europe and South America. Chris relocated to Puyallup after college to focus on his wildlife and survival skills. Chris’ wife, Kim has 13 years experience with King County Search and Rescue and she will be offering advice on search and rescue topics in this class.
Chris commented on the class: “This class is a critical set of skills for anybody that ventures outside in the northwest because you need to prepare for any venture and learn the skills that can really enhance your experience and enjoyment of the outdoors.”
Chris mentioned the most important thing about the class, “The safety; the most enjoyable aspect is the fire by friction using the bow drill. There’s nothing better than the feeling you get from starting a fire from all natural materials, rubbing two sticks together.”
When asked what was something many people did not know about the Wolf College in general, Chris replied, “We’re re-creating Kim’s old grandparent’s homestead into a working mini farm and that’s kinda the fun thing going on right now for the college.”
Chris informed us that there would be a shelter and navigation course that also teaches water purification and fire, including a demonstration on bowdrill fire making, traditional fire by friction. The top five edible plants for survival will be discussed as well as wild edible plants. This herbal medicine class will be held on February 13, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm for $15 for the first person and $10 for each additional friend or family member.
Chris also informed us that every year, there are normally two fall, two winter, and one spring outdoor themed class.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com